dr. Erik de Maaker

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Assistant Professor

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development

My research focuses on how ethnicity, heritage and religion are of relevance in defining relations to place. I have published extensively on the uplands of eastern South Asia, focussing on the challenges people face with respect to cultural change and economic development. I am currently finalising a multi-national cooperative research project on landscape, environment and climate change in the eastern Himalayas, which has been conducted in partnership with the Himalayan University Consortium and ICIMOD. Recently, I have joined the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development, and have begun to extend my research to the Netherlands. I have been trained as a Visual Anthropologist, and the use of video as a research tool is central to my research. I have made ethnographic DVDs, as well as ethnographic films (one of which received the Award for Excellence of the American Anthropological Association). I have won several research grants from NWO, and from Leiden University’s erstwhile profile area Asian Modernities and Transitions.

Last publications
De Maaker, Erik (2020) Rites of Inheritance: Assessing Gifts, Mothers, and Marriages, in: Marak, Queenbala and Sarit K. Chaudhuri, The Cultural Heritage of Meghalaya. New Delhi: Routledge, 329-350 https://www.routledge.com/The-Cultural-Heritage-of-Meghalaya-1st-Edition/Marak-Chaudhuri/p/book/9780367499600

Schleiter, Markus & Erik de Maaker (2019) Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia. Routledge series: 'Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia’ Abingdon: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Media-Indigeneity-and-Nation-in-South-Asia-1st-Edition/Schleiter-de-Maaker/p/book/9781138354678

De Maaker, Erik (2019) ‘Cultural Records, Stereotypes, and the Conflation of Past and Present in the Creation of Garo Documentary Films’, in: Markus Schleiter & Erik de Maaker (eds.): Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia. Routledge series: 'Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia’ Abingdon: Routledge, 196-212. https://www.routledge.com/Media-Indigeneity-and-Nation-in-South-Asia-1st-Edition/Schleiter-de-Maaker/p/book/9781138354678

De Maaker, Erik & Markus Schleiter (2019) ‘Introduction: Screening Indigeneity and Nation’, in: Markus Schleiter & Erik de Maaker (eds.): Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia. Routledge series: 'Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia’ Abingdon: Routledge, 1-25. https://www.routledge.com/Media-Indigeneity-and-Nation-in-South-Asia-1st-Edition/Schleiter-de-Maaker/p/book/9781138354678

De Maaker, Erik (2019) ‘Garo: The Garo Ethnic Community’. in: Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief); and Tanka Subba (Section Editor), Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online. Leiden: Brill. https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/brill-s-encyclopedia-of-the-religions-of-the-indigenous-people-of-south-asia-online

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